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  • Country ranking ?

    55
  • Producer ranking ?

    29
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Roast Goose

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The Story

Grange is arguably Australia’s most celebrated wine and is officially listed as a Heritage Icon of South Australia. Grange boasts an unbroken line of vintages from the experimental 1951 and clearly demonstrates the synergy between Shiraz and the soils and climates of South Australia. Grange utilises fully-ripe, intensely-flavoured and textured Shiraz grapes. The result is a unique Australian style that is now recognised as one of the most consistent of the world’s great wines. The Grange style is the original and most powerful expression of Penfolds multi-vineyard, multi-district, blending philosophy.

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Wine Information

First Grange to be made predominantly from Kalimna (Barossa Valley) rather than Magill (Adelaide) fruit.
Also the first and
only Grange to use grapes from the cool-climate Adelaide Hills region in the Mount Lofty ranges in South Australia.

After the 1955, this is the second most successful Grange in Australian wine shows with four trophies and 20 gold, 10 silver and three bronze medals.
This vintage Grange is becoming increasingly rare. Bottles with good
levels and appearance are invariably drinking well.
Bottles labelled Bin numbers 59, 95, 456, 59A. One of three Grange vintages (1952 and 1953 are the others)produced in half (375ml) as well as full (750ml) bottles.
A blend of 87 per cent Shiraz and 13 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon.

Winemaker comments by
Max Schubert
Colour Deep brick red.
Nose A lovely aged wine with complex black berry/
cedar/mocha/smoky/vanilla aromas.
Palate A n elegantly proportioned palate with prune/
mocha/dark chocoalte fruit and supple/slinky
tannins. Superb flavour length and balance.

The February 25/2012 auction of Fine & Rare Wines at Bonhams in New York and San Francisco, and simulcast in Los Angeles, will feature a pair of exceptional and rare wines which will turn half a century old in 2012. The first bottle of the pair - a main highlight to the auction - is a rare and perfect magnum of 1962 Krug Collection (pre-sale est. $7,000-$9,000), from the first vintage produced under Henri Krug. It has been more than two years since a magnum of this wine has appeared at auction.

The other rare 50-year-old bottle of wine is an immaculate 1962 Penfolds Bin 60A Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon Kalimna Shiraz (pre-sale est. $3,000-$5,000). It has been more than three years since a bottle of this wine has been available at auction. Made by the legendary Max Schubert, this wine was #7 on Decanter magazine's "100 Wines to Try before you Die," stating:

"Made by Grange pioneer Max Schubert, this legendary wine is considered by many to be the finest Australian wine ever made. Andre Tchelistcheff, the founding father of Californian wine, instructed a room of Napa Valley to 'stand in the presence of this wine'...Not only had Schubert created 'Australia's greatest red wine,' says Halliday, 'he laid the ground for the revolution in Australian red winemaking'."

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Tasting note

color

Full, Brick red and Healthy

ending

Medium, Flavorful and Extensive

flavors

Blackberry and Vanilla

nose

Intense, Refined and Charming

recommend

Yes

taste

Balanced, Concentrated, Well-structured, Developing, Full-bodied, Vigor, Round, Rich and Sweet

Verdict

Intelligent and Fine

Written Notes

Bottle in good condition. Looking deep, brick red and healthy. Intense, youthful, refined and charming on the nose. The taste is round, vigor, concentrated, well-structured, balanced and developing. Medium, extensive and flavorful. Excellent, superb and intelligent. Decanted 45min and drink between 2015 and 2020. Costs about 1k-3k€ per bottle. Good value for money.
- (Tasting note created by Tb's AI)
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Coonawarra Cabernet - Kalimna Shiraz

2/3 cabernet sauvignon, 1/3 shiraz

Bin 60A

This wine was vintaged at Magill in 1962 and matured in small oak casks prior to bottling at Auldana. It has been awarded 3 Gold, 8 Silver, 3 Bronze Medals and 19 Trophies at Australian Wine Shows. A special limited release.

This wine has been assessed, recorked and recapsuled under the supervision of a Penfolds winemaker Peter Gago on 08-12-2011

This bottle costs in the auctions around 10.000€

  • 98p
Deep red brick. Intense chocolate/ mocha/ menthol aromas with some herb garden/ demi-glace notes. Sweet mocha/ herb garden flavours/ chocolaty fine grained tannins and underlying cedar/ vanillin notes. Finishes chalky firm, long and sweet. A very beautiful old vintage. Rare. 87% Shiraz 13% Cabernet Sauvignon Magill Estate (Adelaide) Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley) Adelaide Hills Blend. Barossa Valley fruit becomes ascendant component. Ideal warm – fairly dry – growing season followed by a warm, dry vintage. Released as Bin 95 ( also as Bins 59, 59A and 456)
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Information

Origin

Magill, South Australia

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

None

Glass time

1h

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Inside Information

A sensational Grange (a blend of 87% and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, all from the Kalimna sector of the Barossa as well as the Adelaide Hills), this dark garnet-colored wine shows knock-out aromatics of brown sugar, blackberry and currant fruit, with a hint of eucalyptus in the background. Some pepper, coffee, and prune add to the complex concoction. The wine is not a blockbuster, but one of purity, harmony, and actually, restraint, an extraordinarily elegant style of Grange that has aged sensationally well because of its equilibrium. This wine could continue to drink well for at least another 6-7 years.

 

eRobertParker.com 
Feb 2002
Robert M. Parker, Jr. 94 Drink: 2002 - 2009 $1527-$3961
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